Bryan Gardner has read:
From Beirut to Jerusalem by and commented:
Friedman's book was timely when it came out, if a bit dated today.
From Balfour to the resettlement, the haste and waste of the west to "solve" the issues coming from the fall of the Osmanli directly contributed to the mess we have today. I read this book in the late 1990s and have re-read it since and it is still relevant. Now with Erdogan undoing the work of Mustafa Kemal, is it about to start over again?
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by and commented:
Great book, but a dense read at times. Great explanation of why many civilizations at similar latitudes are more likely to expand and survive than those more longitudinally aligned.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by and commented:
It is amazing what can be survived.
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by and commented:
"Why do drug dealers live with their moms" will open your eyes to the items of "reality" behind what you see.
Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War by and commented:
Very good and yet disturbing read about what could be.
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by and commented:
A long conference that guaranteed another war.
The Guns of August by and commented:
I found this to be Tuchman's best. It does go to show that our militaries and the societies that lead them tend to make the same mistakes and continue to fail to learn from those mistakes.
Very interesting book about this history of the eastern Mediterranean Sea and the horrible acts that happened there that eerily echo many of the issues going on today.
Interesting book about pre war Germany. I learned quite a bit about the attitudes and situation of that time.
Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by and commented:
The first Pressfield I read. An excellent fictionalized account of a pivotal war
The Afghan Campaign: A Novel by and commented:
Excellent novel by Pressfield.